Nebraska Students To Vote On Football Balloon Tradition

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has a long-held tradition of releasing red balloons into the air, following the Huskers’ first touchdown during games at Memorial Stadium. While many Husker fans love the tradition, a number of groups have raised concerns about the environmental impact.In 2014, an environmentalist unsuccessfully petitioned the school to end the tradition. A few years later, a lawsuit was raised, but ultimately thrown out in court.Through this fall, the balloons continue to fly. However, the tradition was brought into the spotlight once again last November.A marine biologist found a Huskers balloon, still inflated, on the coast of East Hampton, New York on Long Island.The local alumni association said that it does not release balloons, but speculated that it might have been local fans. It does seem unlikely that the balloon flew all the way from Lincoln.It still once again brought the tradition to the forefront, as those concerned about the environment push for the school to change it.Now, Nebraska-Lincoln students have the chance to vote on the balloon release tradition.The vote is non-binding, but the results will go to the athletic department. From The Daily Nebraskan:Government Bill 26 moves to add a question to the spring general election ballot to survey the student body about eliminating the balloon release at football games. The ballot item would only pose the question to collect students’ opinions and is not binding.Currently, Husker football fans release balloons after the first touchdown during home games at Memorial Stadium. The bill states people have pressured University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s administration to eliminate the tradition because of the environmental damage the balloons cause.If passed, students will answer whether they are against the balloon release, support the tradition or are indifferent to the issue.1011 Now in Lincoln spoke to a number of students who support continuing tradition, although it was short of a true sampling. Still, it will be interesting to see what the student body believes about this, given the environmental ramifications.[The Daily Nebraskan]last_img read more